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My car turns on with minor problems it runs but only up to bout 40mph when I push on the gas it loses power and dies what might be the problem

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Sounds like it may be in limp home mode and if so you may have a plugged catalytic converter or muffler. Put you hand over the tail pipe with the car running and see how much pressure is coming out of the tail pipe. You should not be able to keep you hand tight on the pipe. Do this when the engine is cold so you don't burn your hand.

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